Whalley extend fine start to the season

Fergus Bailey, pictured bowling, made 34 and shared 88 with brother Declan for the fourth wicket
Fergus Bailey, pictured bowling, made 34 and shared 88 with brother Declan for the fourth wicket

Whalley maintained their 100% start at Station Road as they eased past Brinscall.

Whalley skipper Daniel Ainsworth won the toss and chose to bat, and the hosts racked up 238-5 in their 45 overs. A freak injury in the first over saw Brinscall reduced to 10 men, as wicketkeeper Paul Chaplin was hit in the chest by a ball from Lehann Van Rensburg and suffered a fractured sternum.

That made life more difficult in the field for the visitors, and Whalley capitalised.

Brinscall, to their credit, didn’t bowl badly, but Whalley took advantage of wickets in hand with 10 overs remaining to all but put the game beyond the visitors.

Mark Fallon (32) and Richard Palmer (15) shared 42 for the first wicket, before the Bailey brothers Declan (76) and Fergus Bailey (34) put on 88 for the fourth wicket, Declan’s knock coming off 70 deliveries.

Lee Kearsley added 33 not out off 26 balls and Matthew Howarth 19 not out off eight.

Skipper Sam MacLachlan bowled well for Brinscall with figures of 5-44 off 14 overs.

Brinscall didn’t get off to the best start in reply, falling to 45-3, and were behind the run rate early on.

They lost wickets regularly through the innings, and ultimately fell well short, bowled out for 131, despite gritty innings from Liam Winstanley (19), Van Rensburg (42), MacLachlan (14) and Andrew Whittle (18).

Simon Gorton took 3-50, Yogesh Takawale 2-36 and Palmer 2-4.